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Meet people who've reinvented themselves in the midst of the pandemic in this new podcast series

Masters of Reinvention: Pandemic Rising is a new podcast series that share the stories of three individuals who have made major life pivots as a result of the pandemic. The series is presented by CBC Here and Now.

Masters of Reinvention: Pandemic Rising is a new podcast series by CBC Here and Now

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, many people were forced to reevaluate their lives. Whether through voluntary desire for something different, or as a result of unforeseen change, people sought out ways to reinvent themselves. CBC Here and Now is sharing the stories of three people who have been through the reinvention process as part of a new podcast series called Masters of Reinvention: Pandemic Rising.

Masters of Reinvention interview guests: Mark Harrison (left), Amanda Munday (centre) and Wesley Altuna (right) (Emma Waverman/CBC)

In the first episode, host Gill Deacon speaks with Mark Harrison, a former marketing CEO and volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Now, he runs an online school and is focusing on combatting anti-Black racism. Listen to the first episode below:

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison speaking to Gill Deacon (Emma Waverman/CBC)

In Episode 1, a successful marketer confronts his place in the business world as a Black man, for the first time. Mark Harrison says he used to be hiding in plain sight, but the pandemic changed his priorities and now his eyes are on the future generations. 18:08

Amanda Munday

Amanda Munday speaking with Here and Now host Gill Deacon (Emma Waverman/CBC)

In the second episode of the series, Gill Deacon speaks with Toronto entrepreneur Amanda Munday about how the pandemic accelerated her divorce and added momentum to her journey to embracing her sexual identity.

In episode two of Masters of Reinvention: Pandemic Rising, Gill Deacon speaks with Toronto entrepreneur Amanda Munday about how the pandemic accelerated her divorce and added momentum to her journey to embracing her sexual identity. 17:47

Wesley Altuna

Wesley Altuna and Here and Now host Gill Deacon (Emma Waverman/CBC)

In the third episode of the series, Gill sits down with Wesley Altuna to talk about how he found solace in the kitchen and the fire to start anew as a creator of weekly Filipino food pop-up, Bawang.

In this episode, Gill Deacon talks to Wesley Altuna who started the pandemic in mourning for grandfather and unemployed. He found solace in the kitchen and the fire to start anew as a creator of elevated Filipino food. Listen to how starting Bawang is more than just a pop-up. 15:43

Natasha Seabra

In the fourth episode of the series, Natasha shares her experience of finding love in the midst of the pandemic.

Toronto Masters student Natasha Seabra found love during the pandemic. Gill Deacon speaks with her about how the pandemic left her open to taking a risk and leaving her heart open to possibility. 22:20

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